Tennessee great Eric Berry reportedly planning NFL return
Eric Berry did not log a snap in the NFL this season, but he hasn’t given up on playing pro football.
On NFL Network’s “Good Morning Football” it was revealed that Berry decided to take a sabbatical from the NFL after being cut by the Kansas City Chiefs in March of 2019. During the segment (below), it’s revealed that Berry had offers to play, but the Tennessee great opted to instead stay away from the field while preparing for a 2020 comeback.
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Berry, who has been in the NFL since 2010, famously returned from a battle with lymphoma during the 2015 season. In the 2016 season, Berry played in all 16 games and was named first-team All-Pro for the first time in his career. Coming off the 2016 season, Berry signed a six-year, $78 million deal with the Chiefs. While he did not play for all six seasons, the deal guaranteed a $40 million sum.
Berry suffered a ruptured Achilles in Week 1 of 2017 and missed the rest of the season. He dealt with a sore heel while recovering from the Achilles injury. It was diagnosed as a Haglund’s deformity, a bone spur that digs into the Achilles causing extreme pain. Berry missed the first 13 games of Kansas City’s 2018 season, returning to action in Week 15.